Urban Transport Next 09: Fully charged visual

Urban Transport Next 09: Fully charged

In this episode, our panel discussed what's holding the UK back on e-bikes (compared to its neighbours in Europe), the potential climate and health benefits of e-bikes, and what more can be done to encourage people to 'try before they buy' and remove the scepticism around e-bikes. 

Our guests were Olga Anapryenka, Principal Consultant at Steer and a Co-Founder of the Women in Mobility UK network, and Roger Geffen, Policy Director at Cycling UK. They were interviewed by Phillip Darnton, Chairman of the Bicycle Association.

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About the panel


Olga Anapryenka 

Olga is a Principal Consultant at Steer and a Co-Founder of the Women in Mobility (WiM) UK network. Olga has hands-on experience in understanding the interactions between disruptive technologies and their impact on mobility and social welfare. She has managed projects on new and innovative technologies, such as intelligent infrastructure, micromobility, Mobility-as-a-Service, mobility hubs and smart ticketing.  

Roger Geffen 

Roger is Policy Director at Cycling UK. His involvement in cycle campaigning began as a volunteer with the London Cycling Campaign in the late 1980s. He soon branched out into other transport and environment groups, including anti-road campaigns in the mid-1990s. With the subsequent shift in national transport policy, he took a masters in Transport at London University and began working for Oxfordshire County Council on walking, cycling and local transport policies. After a spell with consultants Steer Davies Gleave, he joined Cycling UK as Campaigns & Policy Manager in 2002. He was awarded an MBE for services to cycling in 2015. 

Phillip Darnton (interviewer)

Phillip is Chairman of the Bicycle Association, which represents the UK Cycle Industry. He also chairs the Cycle Rail Working Group for the Department for Transport, and sits on the DfT’s Stakeholder Advisory Group. He is the non-executive Chair of Brompton Bike Hire, and is the Patron of the Bikeability Trust. Phillip was awarded an OBE for services to cycling in 2011.